Part 3 of my How to Quit Sugar saga involves before and
after right now pictures.
Also, I’ve been introducing more healthy carbohydrates into my diet.
Remember, I am permanently cutting out refined sugar and processed carbs, but healthy carbs will be reintroduced at a rate at which I feel comfortable doing so.
So far, I’ve felt comfortable upping my fruit servings from one to TWO per day.
I still haven’t added sweet potatoes or chickpeas or Greek yogurt, yet. But I will!
I did have a cheat day, though.
I made a low-sugar version of Monster Cookie dough.
Here’s what I put in it:
- 1/2 c. coconut oil
- 1/4 c. coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 t. vanilla
- 3/4 c. Peter Pan peanut butter (yeah, the BAD added-sugar kind)
- 2 c. oats
- 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (again, not sugar-free)
That cookie dough hit the spot.
It was delicious and extremely sweet. My mom did not approve.
She said, “That’s a bowl of peanut butter.”
Yes. Yes, it was.
I also had a little bit of ice cream. Yup. Regular, store-bought, refined-sugar-and-other-nasty-ingredients-added ice cream.
I also cooked popcorn over the stove in coconut oil and added melted coconut oil and garlic salt to it before devouring.
It is important to note that, even though I had some carb-and-sweet-heavy foods on Sunday, I had normal portion sizes of those treats.
I had less than 1/2 c. of ice cream.
And compared to how much cookie dough I NORMALLY eat, Sunday’s portion was completely acceptable.
And I stopped eating well before I was full to the brim.
And I didn’t eat any candy or anything like that.
It’s the most successful cheat day I’ve ever had!!!
Honestly, though, I couldn’t wait for Monday to start so I could go back to being sugar-free.
The main reason I loaded up on the carbs on Sunday was because I was exhausted. I live with two adorable kittens who paw at my door at night and body slam my eyelids while I’m sleeping.
Remember how I said that tiredness is DANGER ZONE for dieting?
Well, I was tired on Sunday.
I had an Ezekiel 4:9 English muffin on Sunday, too, and it was incredible.
I also had some zoodle tomato soup.
I took a pretty picture of that zoodle soup and posted it to my Instagram.
I post LOTS of food pictures to my Instagram.
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I took some body progress pictures this morning, too.
Guess how much weight I’ve lost from going sugar-free?
Even AFTER my carb-filled cheat day?
I’ve lost 8 pounds since quitting sugar 8 days ago.
It’s crazy because I’m never hungry.
I’ve lost lots of weight quickly before, but I was VERY hungry during those diets.
Not this time.
I eat HUGE salads every day.
And cups and cups of nuts.
Seriously, I eat almonds, hulled sunflower seeds, peanuts, and cashews with abandon. I never measure them. I eat them at night, especially, when I’m having a sugar craving.
So, by eliminating refined sugar and processed carbs from my diet, and replacing those foods with nuts and veggies, I was able to shed lots of weight.
But that’s not really why I’m doing this.
The weight loss is a phenomenal benefit, but I’m doing this because I want to feel BETTER.
I’ve talked about all of my reasons for quitting sugar in my part 1 post.
And I do feel better.
The clarity is spectacular.
The craziest thing is that, even when I’m tired, I’m not lie-down-and-close-my-eyes-tired. I’ve still got energy when I’m running low on sleep.
In fact, since I quit sugar, I have yet to feel as tired as I did WHILE I was shoving candy in my mouth from sunup to sundown.
I will never go back to that sugar-fueled lifestyle!
Relief from being mind-controlled by food is why quitting sugar is the best thing in the world.
Now, for the quitting sugar before and
after (right now) pictures.
I warned you that the before pictures aren’t pretty.
Please don’t judge me.
The night before my day 1 pictures (below), I stuffed myself to the brim. Hence the protruding belly.
I still have a ways to go until I reach my dream body, but I will get there.
Because quitting sugar is making it possible. I’m eating right, again. Simply cutting out sugar is making WORLDS of a difference in my life.
In time, the body will follow.
One of the best things about being sugar-free is that I feel more focused.
I can keep track of my to-dos at work more effectively, now. I’m not as easily distracted.
I will never go back. This is the lifestyle for me.
I can see myself as a mom who does not eat sugar.
I am thrilled!
I’ll keep you posted on my body progress and new research I find about sugar.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some tips I’ve discovered for quitting sugar for GOOD!
Tips for quitting sugar:
- Stay as full as possible 24/7.
- Don’t limit anything but refined sugar and processed carbs. I know nuts have a lot of calories and fat, but you need to eat these foods for energy.
- It will get easier to say no to sugar, so keep pushing.
- GO TO BED. I talked about this in my quitting sugar part 2 post. Just go to bed! You’ll be exhausted, anyway, from fighting cravings all day.
- Eat lots of protein. I’ve been thriving on canned chicken, tuna, and edamame (I discovered my love for edamame during my vegan 21 Day Fix).
- Drink plenty of water. Remember? You’ll be dehydrated, initially, when you quit sugar.
- Pay attention to all of the progress your body is making. Invent things. Example: “Wow, my vision has really improved since I quit sugar!” Does it matter if your vision has really improved since you quit? No. But “noticing” good changes enhances motivation to stay sugar-free.
- Remove temptation. Throw the crap you love away or give it to a neighbor. Can’t throw it away? Then work harder on resisting it. You can do it!
- Remember that your body will HATE you for giving up sugar. Because sugar is like a drug. And your body is going to be pissed at first when you stop giving it what it’s addicted to.
- Quit cold turkey. I don’t think there’s a way to “wean” off refined sugar/processed carbs.
- Eat banana peppers. Because they are DELICIOUS and add excellent flavor to salads.
If you want to keep up with my sugar-free eats, follow me on Instagram. That’s where I’ll keep posting my meals and treats!
In the meantime, I’ll be posting other posts about other health goals.
Quitting sugar is the best decision I’ve ever made.
Do you think YOU can quit sugar? ARE you sugar-free? Do you have any tips to add to mine? Please share in the comments below!